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by simonl
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Brisbane / QLD
Topic: Brisbane Metro
Replies: 54
Views: 28545

Re: Brisbane Metro

A dead-set porkie to say that this will be able to move more than light rail. It will be a rerun of the Ottawa experience in the long term, but no doubt it will be adequate for some time to come. What do you mean? The system already carries more people than light rail IIRC. They didn't need Brisban...
by simonl
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24663

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

If the policy isn't improved before then.
by simonl
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836988

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

We know the normal timetable for the 373 and 374 but, out of interest, how long do these services normally take to get from Randwick to their northern CBD terminus in peaks? Irrelevant question. In peaks these are supplemented by the X73, X74 and X77 services. 11 minutes to Bent St in the AM, 18 to...
by simonl
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836988

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

Are there any other jurisdictions (anywhere) which have both bus lanes and bus only lanes? (Even a jurisdiction which uses more than a single word to distinguish them?) Does the one at Parramatta, going north from the underpass east of the Westfield interchange, still swap back and forth between th...
by simonl
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836988

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

I caught tram about 3.30 from Randwick going only to Central. By the time we got to Chalmers St, 25 minutes later, the problem had been fixed and we suddenly became a CQ service and continued on. 51 minutes end to end. Didn't the 373/377 buses used to make that trip in just over 20 minutes? I think...
by simonl
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024
Replies: 119
Views: 24663

Re: Ipart Opal Fare review 2020 to 2024

Maybe I sound like a typical outsider, but the way Opal Fares are discussed around these parts seems anything but simple! Caps, transfer costs, different prices for different modes - aaaargh! I'll go and crawl back under my rock now :lol: You are quite correct. Even so, we've gone a long way forwar...
by simonl
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Parramatta light rail
Replies: 650
Views: 181183

Re: Parramatta light rail

So Macquarie St being reduced is not too far away.
by simonl
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Parramatta light rail
Replies: 650
Views: 181183

Re: Parramatta light rail

Thanks, but I'm still confused. Will 0 traffic lanes be provided on Macquarie St? Never seen that announced but I haven't followed it very closely at all over the last few years.
by simonl
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Parramatta light rail
Replies: 650
Views: 181183

Re: Parramatta light rail

Noticed traffic lights being placed on George St in the Westbound direction, while it currently is one way eastbound. Does this mean that Macquarie St is being closed to traffic to make way for the light rail and George St is being made two way? Or perhaps just Macquarie St is being narrowed and the...
by simonl
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

That's been the case since the Pensioner Excursion Ticket was introduced many moons ago. Governments are always wary of taking on the grey movement, they tend to be reasonably well organised and have time on their hands. Those that don't heed that advice tend to come unstuck, witness Bill Shorten. ...
by simonl
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

moa999 wrote:Presumably the simple solution is to actually define a 4th mode, rather than using the shortcuts
Didn't they promise just to price it as buses? Was a few years ago now so perhaps a forgotten promise.
by simonl
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Bus network pre Unsworth review
Replies: 17
Views: 3512

Re: Bus network pre Unsworth review

I was reading something on the Sydneybusroutes webpage about the 2004 Unsworth bus network review recommending that the number of regions were to be cut from 87 to 15 how did the old 87 region bus system work The Unsworth painted a gloomy picture. Basically, private operators ran a minimal service ...
by simonl
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

Interestingly, this was originally intended to be introduced back on Sunday 2 December 2018. Personally think it would have been smart to wait until they rolled out contactless cards on buses. Simpler message.. no cash - Opal or cards only. Take away one option as you provide another. I totally agr...
by simonl
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4431
Views: 753272

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

moa999 wrote:Agreed.
Can I just ask are you agreeing with rogf24 or swtt there? Your comment seems to refer to rogf24's "off peak bus fares" but your supporting arguments (FWIW I agree with those) totally oppose that.
by simonl
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4431
Views: 753272

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

I wonder if this will give them enough incentive to introduce some more fare bands for buses on Opal. 8+km is hardly fair on anyone else, and especially you're travelling more than 3km on a bus to the station, it will be cheaper to keep using the bus all the way. And many cases faster.
by simonl
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5419
Views: 836988

Re: Light rail gets the green light: stage 1 UNSW to CBD

^ Although I disagree that they should be looking backward. They just need to focus on the path forward from here. Their last state election platform was a disgrace. I think I'll be looking at minor parties unfortunately. I agree that suggesting cancelling the CSELR was an own goal. They could add s...
by simonl
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4431
Views: 753272

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

In terms of DDA compliance, there are plenty that are not accessible. Certainly can't see the 100% target being met in 2022 given the very little progress in some areas. Ok, I'm sure you've been there longer than I was. Shouldn't that be on the Transperth website? Very surprised this info would be ...
by simonl
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4431
Views: 753272

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

What are the non-accessible parts of the Perth network? I was surprised to notice even the old parts of the network had negligible vertical gap boarding. Didn't see an exception to this, although I didn't see that much of it. There are two parts to providing accessibility on trains - between the tr...
by simonl
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4431
Views: 753272

Re: NSW Future Rail Plan - NWRL/Metro/Harbour Crossing

It would be nice on that page if, under "getting to the station", they put buses at the top of the list rather than last. Obviously TfNSW doesn't "think public transport" very well. I falter a little over their claim to be the first fully accessible railway in Australia. I suppose they are in a sem...
by simonl
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

moa999 wrote:Ridiculously large numbers if Wikipedia figures that AirportLink only put in $200m (or was that equity only, not debt?)
That was the total contribution I'm pretty sure.

Lucky for the government that the agreement was restated or the consortium would be pocketing the whole amount and not 15% of it.
by simonl
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

The additional revenue from the airport stations is an absolute cash cow for the government. If you were in government which would you prefer: spend $300m (recorded as an expenditure - negative on the balance sheet!) in one fell swoop and lose all forthcoming revenue, or not spend $300m (no expendi...
by simonl
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

Mr ANDREW CONSTANCE: Paying the Access Fee at the airport stations would cost the NSW Government in the order of $1.5 billion over the next twelve years. Is that like 87% of statistics are completely made up? A few years ago they said $600m over 30 years, now it's like a 500% increase. I would put ...
by simonl
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

Huh? For the travelers leaving the airport you'd just make the minimum tap on include the access fee. Thought that was already in place actually.

For travelers going to the airport, this will achieve nothing at all.
by simonl
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

If the stupidity involved in 8 then free and then remove the free was a deliberate plan to phase out periodicals I would be all for that but I think they just fell into the result they got to.
by simonl
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9077
Views: 1521732

Re: Introducing OPAL Card

matthewg wrote:There was some angst when our periodicals were removed .
Didn't 8-then-free offer the same discount as the weekly passes did? Not many people used the longer periodicals. Not hard to see how it became politically acceptable.

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